Friday, 07 September 2018 is again Casual Day and the theme this year isBe an Everyday Hero with persons with disabilities!

Casual Day is celebrating 24 years of being the country’s biggest fundraising and awareness project for persons with disabilities!

We at the National Institute for the Deaf is once again an active participant and proud supporter of the 2018 Casual Day project.

South Africa needs heroes. South Africa needs everyday people like you to do the extraordinary! Please be a hero and support persons with disabilities!

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05 April – 21 June      South African Sign Language Training (12 week course)

12 May                        Old Car Show – NID Campus

15 June                       NID 137th Birthday

31 Aug & 01 Sept       NID Cycle Telethon

30 August                   NID Annual General Meeting

07 September             Casual Day

September                  Mr & Ms NID Training

October                       Run for the Deaf – Marathon Tour

13 October                  NID Care ‘Tarentaaldrop’ and fair

18 November              De la Bat Deaf congregation Christmas Play

November                   NID Dusk & Dawn Trail Run

December                   NID Training Award Ceremony

For more information on any of these events, please contact

New CEO at NID / Nuwe Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte by NID

Mr. Cobus van Deventer joined NID on 8 January as only the sixth Chief Executive Director in 136 years. After the completion of his honour’s degree in B Com Accounting Mr van Deventer held a position at Shoprite Checkers in finances and investments. Until the end of 2017 he was the owner of several businesses in South Africa and also involved in residential developments.Through his involvement over the years in various non-profit organisations he decided that he wanted to end his working career by being involved at a non-profit organisation on a full time basis where his management skills can benefit the organisation.

He has a passion and vision for NID which he bases on a steadfast value of trust.His dream is that NID must truly be known and rooted as a national entity in the hearts of our nation. He would like to see to it that NID’s service field expands and that the number of people reached will grow and that the quality of services offered will improve to the highest possible level. According to him everybody at NID is one big family; holding hands and working together to make a positive difference. The includes all persons with hearing loss, their families, employees of NID and financial contributors. 


Mnr. Cobus van Deventer het op 8 Januarie by NID aangesluit as slegs die sesde Uitvoerende Direkteur in 136 jaar. Nadat hy sy honneursgraad in B ComRek verwerf het, was meneer Van Deventer betrokke by onder andere Shoprite Checkers, asook by die konstruksie en ontwikkeling van residensiële ontwikkelings. Hy was tot einde 2017 die eienaar van verskeie besighede. Mnr. Van Deventer het deur sy jare-lange betrokkenheid by nie-winsgewende diensorganisasies tot die besef gekom dat hy sy werksloopbaan wil afsluit deur op ‘n voltydse basis betrokke te raak aan die stuur van ‘n organisasie waar sy bestuursondervinding ‘n voordeel kan wees.

Hy het ‘n passie en visie vir NID wat hy baseer op ‘n onwrikbare waarde naamlik vertroue. Sy droom is dat NID werklik as nasionale organisasie in die volksmond en hart sal groei; dat NID se bedieningsveld sal vergroot wat getalle betref en dat die kwaliteit dienste wat aangebied word ook sal groei en verbeter tot die hoogste gehalte. Volgens hom is almal wat by NID betrokke is een groot familie met sterk bande wat mekaar se hande hoog hou en saam ‘n verskil maak. Dit sluit in alle persone met gehoorverlies, hul families, werknemers van NID en finansiële ondersteuners. Almal werk saam om NID se drome vir die toekoms te bewaarheid.


Please be advised that the NID offices will be closed for the festive season from 15 December (13:00) and will re-open on 08 January 2018. The NID business units will close on 22 December 2017.


We received several requests from the Deaf community for something that they can follow and that can be enjoyed by EVERYONE!

We thought that this was a great idea!

NID Sign Superstars is now replaced with NID DIY.

Watch Deaf people make things, cook food and surprise you with many more interesting things!

For more information or any enquiries:

facebook @niddoityourself

telephone 023 342 5555



NID Sign Superstars


The National Institute for the Deaf hosted a very successful Gala Event of NID Sign Superstars!

The National Institute for the Deaf (NID)’s department for Integrated Support Services (ISS) launched an exciting, nationwide competition called NID Sign Superstars in September 2016. The aim of this competition is to promote South African Sign Language – to show its diversity, its vibrancy and its beauty.

Similar to the popular Idols competitions, contestants competed to determine who the first ever NID Sign Superstar for 2017 will be. This competition was open to any SASL user older than 18 years. The video entries – featuring a variety of genres such as poetry, music, comedy, and storytelling (2 – 5 minutes) – focus on SASL and showcase the language’s beauty and creativity.

The top 50 entries were selected by a panel of experts from NID. These videos were posted on social media and NID’s website for the public to vote for the top 20, top 10 and the final top 5 participants.

The top 5 participants went through to the finale – a gala event where a panel of external judges (all SASL experts) determined SA’s NID Sign Superstar for 2017.

Anell and Enrikus Koekemoer walked away with the R 15 000 cash prize and the title of NID Sign Superstar 2017. 

Herewith the other winners:

  • 2nd winner: R 10 000 – Coreza Buys, Leana van Rensburg and Dellavon Laubscher
  • 3rd winner: R    5 000 – Shaun-Lee Jonas
  • 4th winner: R    2 000 – Elzane van den Bergh
  • 5th winner: R    1 000 – Vanessa Reyneke

Even the public won a few cash prizes for voting for their favourite:

  • 1st voting winner: R 10 000 – Anel le Roux
  • 2nd voting winner: R  5 000 – Jos van Zyl
  • 3rd voting winner: R  3 000 – Trudie Jones

NID Sign Superstars’ 2017 DVDs is available to purchase at R 100 each. Order can be placed at

We believe that promoting SASL in this way will advance the fight and gain support to get SASL recognised as the 12th official language of South Africa.


For more information or any enquiries:

facebook @nidsignsuperstars

telephone 023 342 5555